Friday Links!We're traditionally a little light this week every year, but there's still a hearty selection of whatnot.
From David Gloier, and this is a tremendous story: Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed.
From Griffin Cheng, and these are quite astonishing: Insanely Detailed Book Sculptures. Next, and these are also astonishing, it's 2011 as seen from space. One more, and it's fantastic: Creatures found at deep-sea volcanic vent.
From Sirius, and this is remarkable: Perfect camouflage. Also, and all I can say is "whoa": 1,100-year-old Mayan ruins found in North Georgia.
From Jeremy Fischer, and some of these are amazing: 20 Extraordinary Photo Manipulations. Also, and this is a must-see, it's Mars Pictures: NASA's Most Extraordinary Images. Next, and these are fantastic, it's Wild Allusions Photography, including a picture of the remarkable Thor's Well, which you can see more of here.
From Steven Davis, and if you enjoyed Hugo Cabret, this is a must-read: the Maillardet drawing automaton. Also, and this is very cool, it's Swimming Koi Scanimation Table / Rug Illusion.html. Next is a fascinating video about ultra-efficient construction: Precut - Modern Japanese Timber Construction. It's a giant wooden Lego kit, basically.
From David Byron, it's "buttmetrics": Engineers unleash car-seat identifier that reads your rear end.